Robert Armstrong, Sawyer Rose & Deborah Caperton

posted by on 2017.04.26, under Uncategorized

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We are pleased to present the work of three talented Bay Area artists in our latest exhibit, Wood, Metal & Memory.

Robert Armstrong celebrates the beauty of nature in hand carved, birch wood panel, paintings. Plants, flowers, branches and naturally formed patterns are depicted in tactile silhouette, contrasted by saturated color. Organic patterns, found in the birch wood grain, play quietly in the background. The pieces employ a minimalist aesthetic engaging the eye with rich monochromatic color.

Sawyer Rose’s sculptural pieces and wall hangings are clad in layers of silver solder and copper. Using the texture of the metal as her primary mark-making medium, the liquefied silver morphs into what appears to be bark, feathers, or scales. She creates dimension by placing raised beads of solder on the surface or by soldering cut forms to the main structure. Each piece has a rich patina with burnished high points that catch the light and glow.

Deborah Caperton creates curious assemblage with a combination of found objects and hand fabrications. The found objects are culled from a collection built by years of trolling flea markets, yard sales and saved gifted oddities. The objects chosen speak as metaphors or symbols in an unfolding narrative. When words are employed, they hint at instruction or direction to further engage the viewer in participation and discovery. The work can be humorous and playful as well as melancholic or ironic.

Each artist has shown work in numerous exhibits around the Bay Area and all have shown, with us, in previous gallery exhibits. Sawyer Rose has had two prior solo exhibits. Both Robert Armstrong and Deborah Caperton, who are Bernal Heights residents, have participated in prior group shows. Deborah Caperton is also a jeweler. We’ve proudly shown her evolving line of nature inspired adornment for nearly a decade.

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